The Re-use of End-of-Life Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites in Construction
Paper i proceeding, 2022

In order to achieve a more resource-efficient society and a future with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, new technological challenges must be dealt. One way to reach a more sustainable world is to start re-using end-of-life structures and waste and give them a “Second Life” with new functions in the society. As fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are lightweight, strong, stiff and durable materials, there is great potential to re-use decommissioned FRP structures for new resource-efficient solutions in the building and infrastructure sectors. The present paper investigates innovative solutions in re-using wind turbine blades and glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) pipes as structural elements in new bicycle and pedestrian bridges. Specifically, a concept design for decking system made of GFRP pipes is developed and discussed. The main design requirements for pedestrian bridges are considered and assumptions regarding end-of-life GFRP quality and their mechanical properties have been addressed. The aim of this paper is to contribute to a sustainable use of GFRP waste and at the same time provide a more cost-effective solution for short span pedestrian bridges. In a larger perspective, the authors would like to highlight the economically profitable potential of recovering and reusing/re-manufacturing end-of-life GFRP composites.



Wind turbine

Circular economy

Pedestrian bridge



A. Andre

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Juntikka Magdalena

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Mattsson Cecilia

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Nedev Georgi


Reza Haghani Dogaheh

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering

23662557 (ISSN) 23662565 (eISSN)

Vol. 198 LNCE 1183-1195
9783030881658 (ISBN)

10th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2021
Virtual, Online, ,

REuse of Composite parts for INfrastructure Applications (RECINA)

Energimyndigheten (projektnr49763-1), 2020-02-03 -- 2021-12-31.



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